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whatever it takes protect his interests. back here at home, defense officials confirm russia tested an intercontinental ballistic missile today, but they insisted the event was not unexpected and russia did notify the u.s. and in kiev, secretary of state john kerry talked more about dollars than weapons. chief washington correspondent james rosen is traveling with the secretary tonight. >> mobbed by ordinary ukrainians in kiev's midawn square, where 67 protesters died in the clashes that toppled the country's pro-russian president from power last month and where the air is still thick with the smell of smoke, burning rubber, and heartbreak. secretary of state john kerry promised that the u.s. will help the struggling eastern european nation in its bid to break free of kremlin influence and align itself with the west. later in meetings with interim government leaders and lawmakers in ukraine's parliament, kerry
promised a billion dollar loan guarantee designed to ease the sting of energy costs. officials traveling with kerry had voiced concern that russian president vladimir putin who last week sent tens of thousands of forces may be preparing for a larger invasion of eastern ukraine. putin himself looking relaxed at a state res dnls outside moscow held a rare news conference in which he suggested any such broader invasion would be a last resort but well within russia's right because they have received approval by yanukovych. >> even if i take a decision to use armed force, it would be legitimate, in the norms of international law, and in this case, it would also correspondent to our interest in protecting the people who are closely tied to us historically, culturally, economically. >> kerry has emphasized the u.s. wants to de-escalate the crisis,
responding to putin's comments. >> he really denied there were troops in crimea? >> yes, he did. >> i have spoken directly to president putin today as i can. it is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve. that is not 21st century g-8 major nation behavior. >> so much about ukraine right now, its new central government, its debt-saddled economy, its disrupted energy supply, and its territorial integrity on shaky ground, but the elections set for may 2025, looms as imperative and a very distance prospect. james rosen, fox news. a president who scoffedats the notion of a new cold war just two years ago tonight finds himself entrinenched in the biggest political poker game on
the planet. ed henry tonight with how the hand he's playing and how it's playing out so far. on defense over his handling of the crisis in ukraine, president obama interrupted an event at a local school in washington to answer a question that enabled him to hit back at russian president putin who had an earlier press conference had expressed defy nls. >> there's a strong believe that russia's actions are violating international law. president putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but i don't think that's fooling anybody. >> republican john mccain quickly fired back, it's the president who is being fooled because he's never understood putin's true ambitions. >> after five years of believing that somehow vladimir putin was anything but what he is, we are now paying the piper. >> the tension in the ukraine was on full display in crimea
today at an air base where russian troops threatened they would shoot if the ukrainians continued to march toward them. it was defused after the russians fired some warning shots into the air. back in washington, the political tension heated up. >> i listened to some of my good friends on the republican side try to score political points in connection with the russian move on crimea. trying to paint this somehow as obama's fault. this is a ridiculous contention. >> yet, republican s jumped on dick durbin, revealing in a speech to a ukrainian american group a private read out that secretary of state john kerry gave him of the president's 90-minute phone call with putin over the weekend. >> he said it was ominous, worrisome, no commitments made by putin. >> more grist for republican critics like lindsey graham. >> you don't talk to putin for an hour and a half on the phone. you have about a five-minute conversation. mr. president, what you're doing
is wrong, illegal. >> one area of bipartisanship appears to be the push for tough sanctions against russia, yet with uncertainty over whether european allies have the stomach for sanctions, some military analysts say the president was too quick to pull all u.s. military options off the table. >> we should immediately re-enforce the ukrainian military with high-tech weapons that they don't have. >> secretary kerry just landed in paris and brought along ukraine's foreign minister who hopes to meet with his russian counterpart, the ukrainian joking to reporters, if you had told me a week ago i would be on kerry's plane headed to france and potentially meeting with sergey lavrov of russia,io would have told you you're crazy. >> ed, thank you. one of the recurring imaging of the obama foreign policy is hillary clinton's much mocked reset with the russians. now with a possible presidential run looming, does clinton have a ukraine problem? carl cameron looks at that question tonight.
>> as president obama's first secretary of state, hillary clinton pushed the administration's foreign policy agenda. russia was big, and from the get-go, had a rocky start. she presented russian foreign minister lavrov with a gift wrapped reset button, meant to emphasis the commitment to improve relations with russia. instead, it caused an international embarrassment. >> we worked hard to get the right russian word. do you think we got it? >> you got it wrong. >> we got it wrong. >> this says -- means overcharged. >> clinton's attempt at humor was not enough. >> we won't let you do that to us, i promise. >> the secretary of state in the obama administration were scorned as amateurish by the international press. a new book out about clinton recalled her inner circle saying no one asked for the meaning of the word, and it was emergency stop button that had been
pilfered from a swimming pool or jacuzzi at the hotel. clinton has a new book of her own coming out in which many expect her to give her own versions of the controversies. >> she was the chief implementer of the president's foreign policy for four years. there's no way she can escape having had a role in our policy toward russia. >> criticized as naive and too willing to trust vladimir putin while secretary of state, clinton last month as the crisis in ukraine began to escalate, took a shot at the former kgb spy master saying putin now sits as the absolute authority now in russia and it's quite reminiscent of the kind of authority in the past. it will be hard if not impossible for clinton to disassociate herself from obama's problems. her support of the eavesdropping and domestic controversies like
obamacare. >> thank you. a big day on wall street as fears over ukraine subsided a bit. the dow had its strongest performance of 2014, surging 228 points. the s&p 500 was up 28. nasdaq finished up head 75. >> a watch dog said syria has shipped out about a third of its chemical weapons stockpile and has a new plan to remove all of it by the end of the year. government troops are tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with lebanon. oppositions group say the assad forces are dropping highly destructive barrel bombs from helicopters. up next, does the latest anticipated obamacare delay have more to do with politics than patience? first, here's what some of our fox affiliates across the country are covering. fox 35 in orlando, florida, with a domestic violence investigation involving congressman allen grayson. the democrat's wife said he shoved and injured her this weekend.
the congressman denies that and says his wife's behavior has become increasingly erratic since she filed for divorce. >> fox 5 in new york with a new jersey honor student taking her parents to court. rachel canning claims her parents threw her out of their lincoln park home when she turned 18. her father says she left home voluntarily. late today, a judge denied the girl's request for child support and tuition reimbursement. >> this is a live look at dallas. fox 4 there, the big story there tonight is the first primary election of the season. we'll have a bit more on that later. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. nestly? i we that shoots great video. so i got the new nokia lumia icon. it's got 1080p video, three times zoom, and a twenty-megapixel sensor. it's got the brightest display, so i can see what i'm shooting -- even outdoors, and 4 mics that capture incredible sound. plus, it has apps like vine -- and free cloud storage.
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>> president obama's steadily delaying and dismantling his own health care law as he prepares to offer another delay in obamacare, one to postpone the political pain of cancelling millions of plans in the individual market just like last fall. >> they're going to get cancellation notices again sometime around october 1 or slightly before, and the same political issue that erupted last year would erupt again in 2014 right before the election. >> it's just getting past the 2014 elections, and it's unfortunate, but i think it means that some of his candidates in the senate are in trouble. >> at the end of last year, some 6 million people on the individual market were told their policies were canceled and forced into obamacare often with more expensive policies. having promised that people could keep their plans and doctors no matter what, the president tried to apologize. >> there's no doubt that the way i put that forward unequivocally
ended up not being accurate. >> then he urged insurers and state insurance commissioners to allow policy holders to extend their policies, and many like this family in louisville, kentucky, leapt at the opportunity, but those extensions expire this year. even some democratic insurance commissioners flatly refused last time, and are unlikely to be more receptive now. >> some of the state regulators want to push people into obamacare, okay? in fact, in general, the state regulators in bluer states are the ones who disallowed the continuation of the plans despite the president's promise. >> he's causing confusion. i think it will cause chaos. some states may not go along. some insurance companies may not go along because they know what the law says. >> and they were counting on those relatively healthy people to offset the cost of older, sicker people in the exchanges. >> perhaps millions and millions of people will be kept out of the obamacare exchanges. >> meanwhile, the president's been touting sign-up numbers and
counting every single person in medicaid as getting health care for the first time. but outside analysts and a top health care official are more careful, saying the 8.9 million found eligible for medicaid are not all new. >> if you read some of the other reports somewhere probably between 2.5 and 3.5 are new enrollments. >> meaning the administration is now at 6 million to 7 million sign-ups with less than a month to go, barely equaling the number of plans that were canceled. >> jim, thank you. what's your take of the latest obamacare delay? let me know at facebook.com/bretbaiersr or on twitter, @bretbaier. >> an update on the german home schooling family that was not allowed to appeal to the supreme court for asylum. the family's legal team said the federal government has granted them indefinite deferred status
which means they will not be deported unless they're convicted of a crime. >> critics and supporters are getting an up-close look at president obama's budget. the 2015 plan was unveiled today. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill with reaction. good evening, mike. >> good evening. a $3.9 trillion white house wish list which reflects president obama's election year priorities. less than one third of the spending in this budget blueprint for fiscal 2015 goes to discretionary programs including domestic and military spending. the rest is mandatory for growing entitlements and interest on the federal debt. the massive document does not contain an offer to address medicare, medicaid, and social security. the president's budget includes money for highway and railroad improvement. it also has new spending on preschool education and job training to help pay for some of his suggestions it would include a buffett tax, named for warren buffett, to go after high income
americans and boost taxes on airline passengers and tobacco products. the president made the pitch for his blueprint at a washington, d.c. elementary school. >> as a country. we've got to make a decision if we're going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest americans or make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy and expand opportunity for every american. >> republicans quickly pounced, saying the president's budget would increase spending by $791 billion over ten years. it never balanced and would add $8.3 trillion to our debt in the neck decade, and they said after mr. obama has raised taxes $1.7 trillion, this would be an additional tax increase to largely pay for new spending and not deficit reduction. the top republican on the senate budget committee says he wants to know when the president is going to get serious. >> this budget will not work. it's bad for america. it does not get us off the debt course we're on. it has total flimflam in it.
in that it projects that we're going to raise taxes another $1.75 trillion. >> house budget chairman paul ryan said the president's budget is not a serious document. it is a campaign brochure. and aides say the soon to be le balance. >> mike emanuel live on the hill, thank you. still ahead, what is the ukraine crisis doing to the u.s. space program. first, the primary season kicks off in texas. it's eb. want to give your family the very best in taste, freshness, and nutrition? it's eb. want to give them more vitamins, omega 3s, and less saturated fat? it's eb. eggland's best eggs. eb's. the only eggs that make better taste and better nutrition... easy. eggland's best eggs. better taste. better nutrition. better eggs. it's eb.
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been the face of texas. but times are changing. today, voters are narrowing the field of those who want to become the new governor of this state. >> this is going to be an interesting race because the democrats have a good candidate. >> that candidate is state senator wendy davis who came to fame last year for her 11-hour filibuster of texas' new abortion law. she faces just one opponent in today's primary, and the latest ut texas tribune poll shows her with an 87% advantage. her battle will be squaring off against her republican challenger, current state attorney general greg abbott. according to real clear politics which calculates the average of public polls, abbott leads davis by more than 11 points in a general election matchup. he is up against three opponents in the primary, but polls show him with 90% support. >> they're going to win their primaries and they're going to have a straight shot at the general election. and both of them will have
enough funds to make their case. >> voters are also picking their candidates for u.s. senate. republican incumbent senator john corner is seeking re-election. facing a field of seven other challengers, though he's leading and should avoid a run-off. on the democratic side, former congressional candidate keisha rogers is the front runner according to the texas tribune poll. she's part of the linden luruch movement and is calling for president obama's impeachment, her own party has even come out against her. >> democrats want to make sure that even if they don't have a credible challenger to cornyn, they don't have a crazy challenger to cornyn. >> then there's another familiar name on the ballot, george p. bush, president george w.'s nephew is the likely republican nominee for texas land commissioner. other notable races, lieutenant governor, state attorney general, and congressman pete sessions is seeking re-election here. bret. >> casey, thank you. a neighbor of olympic hero
oscar pistorius said she still remembers the terrified screams of a woman on the night the south african athlete killed his girlfriend. pistorius is on trial for murder. he claims he mistook reeva steenkamp for an intruder. at one point today, pistorius lowered his head and appeared to cover his ears. his attorney insists the neighbor heard pistorius' cries for help after the shooting. he says because steenkamp was shot in the head, brain damage would have kept her from screaming after the final bullet struck. >> getting blue in the face over green buildings, and why would school officials make a student turn blue standing outside in a wet bathing suit when it's 5 below zero? the grapevine is next.
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now, some fresh pickings from the political grapevine. washington, d.c.'s official green buildings may actually use more energy than buildings that have not achieved energy efficient status. a study by the group environmental policy alliance claims privately owned structures that were lead certified consumed more energy per square foot than those not deemed green by the u.s. green building council. it says some of the criteria used in lead determination does little to nothing to make buildings more energy efficient. the green building council disputes the claims and the
environmental policy alliance reports calling their conclusions, a quote, uninterpretiable hodgepodge tha demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding about the nature of the design, construction process. a minnesota high school student has frostbite after school officials made her stand outside in a wet bathing suit in 25 below zero windchill conditions. a local tv station reports the ninth grader was swimming in the pool when a science project in another part of the building set off the alarm. well, the rest of the class was already dressed. she could grab only a towel before being ushered outside barefoot and soaking wet. it was 5 below zero. school rules say everyone must wait outside, so she was told she could not even sit in a teacher's car. eventually, a teacher loaned her
a coat, and ten minutes later, she was allowed to get into a car, but she already has frostbite on her feet. the school says it reviews its policies with the fire marshal and will make any recommended changes. and finally, a bill advancing through the utah legislature would make sure towns do not get away with forgetting to hold elections. in november, we told you officials in the town of wallsburg forgot to print ballots and prepare for elections for the second time. that meant the current office holders remained in power. yesterday, a house committee voted towns will have to hold make-up votes if they miss election day. >> tensions over ukraine will apparently not hinder u.s.-russian cooperation in space. doug mckelway is here with the latest plans for a joint mission. >> good evening, bret. the crisis in crimea comes as two cosmonauts, one from crimea, and an american, are scheduled to touch down on russian soil on
march 10th after months on the international space station. they're headed back into space in a few weeks. in a teleconference. they said there are no problems. quoting now, everything is nominal right now in our relationship with the russians. but since the retirement of the american space shuttles, the u.s. relies entirely on russia for humans' transport to and from the station and it paid $70 million for every astronaut trip. tom jones says nasa is intent on keeping iss missions from becoming a political football. remember, in the 1970s in the cold war, the u.s. and soviet union undertook the soyuz missi missions in a spirit of detente. >> what they lack, for example, is all the control software we use to point and maneuver and control the space station. so they would not be wise to deny us access because then they would be denying themselves access to all the utilities and
about the situation in ukraine. saying it's being mischaracterized. >> the way that some of this has been reported, that there's a suggestion somehow that the russian actions have been strategic. i think this has not been a sign of strength but rather is a reflection that countries near russia have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling and if anything it will push countries further away from russia. >> let's bring in our panel, steve hayes, a.b. stoddard, and charles krauthammer.
charles? >> so the president is saying that what putin has managed to do is not strategically clever. let's review. putin has taken over the crimean peninsula, which the russians have held for more than two centuries. he's recovered it. it's strategically extremely important. it's the warm water port, the thing the russians have dreamt about for 300 years since peter the great lost in the '90s. he regains it, without a shot fired in anger, without any consequences yet. i don't think there are going to be any that are really going to hurt him, the europeans are resisting any real sanctions. he now is in a position to take other parts of ukraine if he wants. he's destabilized a regime in ukraine that is intensely anti-russian. he's sitting in a seat where everybody has to come to him holding a lot of cards, and it's not clever when obama says and kerry also did in kiev, but this
is a sign of weakness and not strength. you have to wonder what the cosmos our president in our states are living in. >> there seems to be this debate, obama's critics think -- the people criticizing obama seem to think this is putin's master plan all along and it's been in the works since georgia, always had his sights on crimea. president obama is trying to say this is a reactive moment for him. it's a sign of weakness, he's backed himself into the corner, but both sides agree they have to do something now. the problem is i think no matter what president obama has done to get himself in this corner, and he is in one, and he was in one on syria, and vladimir putin provided him an exit ramp back in september. it isn't working out very well. no matter what he has done, the world has changed and our european partners are not interested in extricating
themselves from economic and financial relations with russia. 75% of germany's oil and gas from russia. you know where all the russian oligarch's money are hidden all over europe. no matter who is president today, they would come up against that. so we'll be watching in the days to come as he tries to provide loan guarantees to ukraine and push for expedited acceptance into nato of georgia, et cetera, but really until those partners are coming to the table and willing to help, there's not much we can do. >> that russian money, let's remember, you can talk about freezing all those assets around the world, but it is also money flowing into all those economies and there may be some pushback along those lines. take a listen to secretary kerry just hours before he lands in kiev, vladimir putin in moscow holds that press conference with reporters. so as kerry is on the ground, he is actually being informed what
putin has said just hours before. >> he denied there were any russian troops in crimea occupying crimea. he blamed the crisis on united states interference, saying -- >> he really denied there were troops in crimea? >> yes, he did. >> it is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve. that is not 21st century g-8, major nation behavior. >> steve? >> well, he certainly should have been better briefed. the problem, i think, is this is what the obama administration was supposed to have been good at. this is what he sold himself as as a candidate in 2008 and 2012, somebody who knew how to manipulate soft power. the problem that i think he faces, that the united states faces, is that you can't use soft power if there's virtually no threat of hard power. and we have seen repeatedly, and the russians have seen up close
whether you're talking about the negotiations about syria, about iran, whether you're talking about bilateral relations, the russians have seen repeatedly a lack of resolve from the president that would suggest he's willing to do anything, to tolerate any kind of confrontation, military or otherwise. the russians were at the table when the president first threatened to use force in syria and then backed off. the russians were able to persuade him that was the proper course. having seen this up close so many times, i think the president's options are few in part because he can't make those threats anymore. but he should be able to go to the europeans in theory and say, look, this is something that we have to do together, even if there's a short-term cost, there's a long-term necessity to demonstrate you can't simply invade a sovereign nation and take over parts of it and you need to send a message he can't go any further. >> we're just getting from ed henry, quoting senior officials that the president spoke today with german chancellor angela
merkel for about an hour by phone. they're working on what they're describing as an off-ramp for vladimir putin, a diplomatic off-ramp, so the russian president can de-escalate, in their words. hopeful signs, according to the administration. they are saying that they see that putin possibly could take a pause here, and they're trying to structure something to allow him to do that. still no time table, according to this senior administration official. on economic sanctions, and absolutely no time table on any military action or even talking about it. charles. >> this is astonishing. on the one hand, they're unable -- our people, our leaders, to muster anything that the europeans will join that will hurt putin, and on the other hand, you're telling us that they are thinking that putin thinks he made a mistake,
did make a mistake, and is looking for an off-ramp, and our real job is not to slap on sanctions and to push him out of crimea but to allow him some kind of diplomatic exit that will save the face. it's in tandem with what he said about it being a sign of weakness on the part of the russians. >> are they interpreting his news conference as some kind of blink, as something saying i didn't send forces, and he's sending the signal that he's stepping back? >> that's not a blink. that's a kgb agent lying through his teeth, which is what they train to do for all of their lives. i mean, when hitler went into sedaten land, he claimed it was in response to a desire on the part of the population. this is what all dictators do. the idea that he could blink because he's waiting to see if he wants to take the rest of ukraine, and that's a sign of
breaking news out of the white house. senior officials saying diplomatic off ramp in the making after a phone call with the angela merkel, president obama on that call. back with the panel. steve hayes. >> administration officials have been pushing this all day. they are seizing on a comment from putin's press conference in which he says in effect because i haven't blown anything up. you can't come after me. and the white house is choosing to interpret as meaning this is his pause. is he poised for retreat and this is why in their words they want to push for diest can a legs. i think the problem with
that is -- his press conference rambling for 45 minutes to try to draw conclusions where he was. he said things contradictory again and again and again. deescalation at this point if you are the white house won't do anything to help the situation. it will communicate a lack of resolve. >> other news out of this senior administration. the u.s. will not participate in the g-8. that's not a surprise. in sochi unless -- unless russia pulls out of ukraine entirely. >> i think the message from president putin today and maybe he will surprise us all and pull out with 16,000 troops there is that as long as is he not killing anybody, he gets to stay there and say it's local defense forces. i don't know what you are talking about. and the problem is if you give him a deescalation off ramp opportunity, he has got whatever he still has a
presence in georgia. he has still got a presence in crimea. and then what's next. if he continues to take territory, which is obviously his goal, but he is not killing anybody, he just -- it's a nice invasion. it's not really a war. at what point -- we have -- the administration has to invest in ukraine long term. it's not here is your $1 billion and loan guarantees. how about this is going to be a long-term thing or more of this going to happen. >> i want to read something about senior administration officials according to ed henry. officials acknowledge europeans are skeptical of sanctions against russia that may harm european economies. but these european allies are also concerned that without sanctions, situation may escalate in ukraine and cause more damage to europe. no timetable yet on u.s. and/or eu saxes. pressed -- sanctions. if pressed would putin takes more military, officials say they see no scenario, no
scenario involving military action of any kind. charles? >> well, i think that's unwise to take everything off 00 table. look, what if there is a full scale invasion? on the way to kiev, you are going too do nothing in the least that we should be doing now is actually having, offering the polls, exercises on the ground. sending the chairman of the joint chiefs into the baltic state large russian populations for joint exercises as a way to demonstrate that at least the countries inside of nato are going to be protected militarily. and on the other fronts, i mean carrie acts as if what we have had here is a breach of international decorum. he says, you know, you take over a country. this is not 21st century major nation behavior. >> -- in fact, there is something about the number of our century that obsesses him and it's as if everything that happened
before, meaning nations taking over other nations, expanding, seeking dominance as russia obviously is, is old history and it changed on the first of january in the year 2000. i don't understand what it is exactly about the world that has changed. they image that there are norms that are so enforcing russians are not obeying and somehow that is impossible in the world. it's happened. >> we teased hillary clinton. we talked about that later in the week. plenty of time to talk with that and how she will have to deal with ukraine and the -- does vladimir putin take that off ramp or not? >> >> i don't think he does now. he wants a lot more. >> i don't think we arewhat it . i don't know that he will take it. >> doubtful. >> doubtful. >> that's it for the panel. stay tuned for a very enthusiastic tv guest. introducing olive garden's pronto lunch starting at $6.99.
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thanks for inviting us into your home tonight, that's it for "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. greta goes "on the record" right now. this is a fox news alert. president obama says no. he will not go to the g-8 summit in sochi. senior administration officials announcing the president will not go to sochi unless president putin reverses course on the ryu rainy. also just breaking president obama reportedly offering president putin a way out of crisis. and minutes ago president obama getting off the phone with german chancellor angela merkel. the two speaking an hour about the developing crisis. this dramatic video does tell it all russian and union crew rainyian troops firing each other. both the violence and political tension escalating by the minute. for the very latest we go to live in ukraine. what's going